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Submission + - iPhone Location-Data Tracking Can't Be Turned Off (wired.com)

mystikkman writes: The iPhone continues to store location data even when location services are disabled, contrary to Apple’s previous claims.The Wall Street Journal did independent testing on an iPhone and found that even after turning off location services, the device was still collecting information on nearby cell towers and Wi-Fi access points.This discovery challenges some of Apple’s claims. As Wired.com reported last week, the company explained in a detailed letter last year that it deliberately collects geodata to store in a comprehensive location database to improve location services. In the letter, Apple noted that customers can disable location-data collection by turning off Location Services in the settings menu.

“If customers toggle the switch to ‘Off,’ they may not use location-based services, and no location-based information will be collected,” Apple said in the letter. That doesn’t appear to be the case from WSJ’s testing, as well as multiple independent reports from customers who had the same results. While Apple seems to deny it's tracking anyone and blames Android for doing so, the real question is what is the need to store the data on the device at all.


Submission + - Apple applies new App store rules inconsistently (techcrunch.com)

mystikkman writes: Apple has approved updates to the Kindle and Netflix iOS apps despite them not including any provision for in app purchases that must pay out 30% to Apple. Apple has previously rejected the free Readability and Sony e-reader apps for selling subscriptions outside the app store. The new policies received a lot of scorn from subscription sellers like Last.fm. The bigger question is, come June 30 when the new rules are actually supposed to kick in, will Apple pull the Kindle and Netflix apps from the iDevices if they don't cough up 30%?

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